National Hog Farmer Blog http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/21061/feed Thoughts about the pork industry this week. en Country relations in a post-Fidel era http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/country-relations-post-fidel-era <div class="node-body blog-body">Now that Fidel Castro has passed on, it will be interesting to see how well President-elect Donald Trump and Cuban President Raúl Castro get along.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/country-relations-post-fidel-era" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/country-relations-post-fidel-era#comments Business Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:03:00 +0000 71691 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro attend the Cuban Parliament&#39;s closing session Dec. 23, 2004 in Havana, Cuba.</p> Protesting agriculture becoming a professional sport http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/protesting-agriculture-becoming-professional-sport <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>American agriculture built this nation.&nbsp; In the most primitive form, living off the land is the only way to survive.&nbsp; Teach Americans to farm and they will feed the world.&nbsp; And that is exactly what happened as the United States emerged as a powerful nation.&nbsp; Many United States Presidents have credited agriculture for being the noblest profession and the backbone of the country:</p> <p class="rteindent1"><em>&ldquo;Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful, and most noble employment of man.&rdquo; &mdash; President George Washington</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/protesting-agriculture-becoming-professional-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/protesting-agriculture-becoming-professional-sport#comments Business Livestock Facilities Business & Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:26:00 +0000 71541 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Photo Credit: Thinkstock/ericcrama</p> Welcome to the season of ham http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/welcome-season-ham <div class="node-body blog-body">Nothing sets the table, and the mood, like a beautiful Christmas ham. That is good news for the U.S. pork industry.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/welcome-season-ham" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/welcome-season-ham#comments Business Marketing Pork is Delicious National Hog Farmer Blog Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:20:00 +0000 71481 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 5 blessings to say around the table http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/5-blessings-say-around-table <div class="node-body blog-body">There are so many sectors in agriculture facing the same financial fate in 2016, low to negative returns. As a business person, it is not wrong to focus on the economics, however; sometimes we lose sight of the smallest blessings.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/5-blessings-say-around-table" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/5-blessings-say-around-table#comments Business Sustainability Animal Welfare Business & Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:29:00 +0000 71421 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Setting goals is a step in ‘write’ direction http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/setting-goals-step-write-direction <div class="node-body blog-body">Going through life without written goals it like going on a cross-country trip without a GPS; you're not going to get where you want to be.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/setting-goals-step-write-direction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/setting-goals-step-write-direction#comments Business Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:59:00 +0000 71381 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com What Massachusetts ballot initiative means to real pig farming http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/what-massachusetts-ballot-initiative-means-real-pig-farming <div class="node-body blog-body">Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved ballot initiative Question 3 on Election Day, banning the use of certain confinement housing for livestock raised in the state. It also bans the sale of pork, eggs or veal from producers who use the prohibited confinement practices, including products that come other states.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/what-massachusetts-ballot-initiative-means-real-pig-farming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/what-massachusetts-ballot-initiative-means-real-pig-farming#comments Business Animal Welfare Marketing Business & Marketing Animal Welfare National Hog Farmer Blog Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:25:00 +0000 71261 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p>Photo credit: Getty Images/Jeff Swensen</p> Mr. Trump goes to Washington … now what? http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/mr-trump-goes-washington-now-what <div class="node-body blog-body">No one knows for sure what a Donald Trump administration will look like. But, let's all take a deep breathe and let him prove himself, or at least get moved into the White House before we start playing Chicken Little. </div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/mr-trump-goes-washington-now-what" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/mr-trump-goes-washington-now-what#comments Business Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 11 Nov 2016 16:40:00 +0000 71231 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Still time for political pig wrestling http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/still-time-political-pig-wrestling <div class="node-body blog-body">On Wednesday, the election campaign nightmare will be over and no matter the outcome the rush to accomplish something on Capitol Hill is on. Hopefully, the remaining days of 2016 will be filled with less political pig wrestling and positive movements forward for the United States' strongest industry — agriculture. </div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/still-time-political-pig-wrestling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/still-time-political-pig-wrestling#comments Business Marketing Business & Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:26:00 +0000 71081 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Numbers of history: 100, 108, 129 http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/numbers-history-100-108-129-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">Nothing lasts forever — not credible, trustworthy newsmen; not Billy goat curses; not even family farms.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/numbers-history-100-108-129-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/numbers-history-100-108-129-0#comments Business National Hog Farmer Blog Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:02:00 +0000 71071 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com 7 Pork Month messages to digest http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/7-pork-month-messages-digest <div class="node-body blog-body">During National Pork Month, the National Hog Farmer staff sat down with pork leaders, discussing the real issues of the swine business. Here is a wrap-up of 7 key takeaways from these forward-thinking leaders.</div> <p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/7-pork-month-messages-digest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/blog/7-pork-month-messages-digest#comments Animal Health Business Sustainability Animal Welfare Marketing Business & Marketing National Hog Farmer Blog Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:11:00 +0000 70901 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com